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Bosque, Freestone, Falls, Limestone, and Hill County assistance programs.

Low income and struggling families can get help with their rent, free food, and other financial aid. Find the main churches, charities, and government agencies to apply at in Limestone, Bosque, and nearby counties. The assistance is wide ranging and may also include security deposit help, free mortgage or foreclosure help in Falls County, medical and dental care, transportation, and other social services in Freestone, Hill, and other counties.

While the number of programs and agencies is more constrained in this region, struggling families and those facing a crisis do have some options. The main non-profit to contact could be the community action agency known as EOAC of Planning Region XI. Some short term aid may be offered as well as long term support.

The center processes applications for the federal funded Weatherization Assistance Program. This can provide assistance to working poor as well as qualified low-income households by weatherizing their homes. Priority is for people who spend a large percent of their income on utilities. Seniors, families with children, and the disabled from the region are some of the main beneficiaries. The community action agency runs this weatherization program locally for the state of Texas and the federal government.

Subsidizes for paying rent and housing costs may be provided by the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program. It is available in partnership with local Housing Authorities as well as the local government. Government grants can be issued in Freestone, Limestone and nearby towns for paying rental security or utility deposits. Or look into the subsidy program, which can help pay rent for up to 2 years while the client works towards self-sufficiency.

Referrals and community programming can offer support and maybe emergency aid. Money can help keep families from being evicted or displaced and of course to help families reach self-sufficiency. The Emergency Homeless Program is a key resource to helping avoid evictions and homelessness in the region.





The homeless in the area may be able to get referrals. EOAC case managers may have referrals to shelters, and then after the client is stabilized, low income apartments in the Hill County Texas area and other towns. In some cases, short term assistance may be available for paying a security deposit on the new home.

Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program is Texas's version of LIHEAP and weatherization. Families across Falls, Bosque, and Freestone County get help with paying utilities and saving money on their energy bills.

Referrals are offered to members of the community for a variety of services. Get free information and linkage to regional community services and other non-profit community action agencies. Resources are available from both the public and private sector, including government aid such as food stamps. Find more information on community action agencies.

EOAC of Planning Region XI accepts applications for Head Start. This is the nation's leading, most comprehensive child development program. It offers children under the age of 4 with educational, social, health, free meals, nutritional and even transportation assistance. It really helps low income families, pregnant teens and single women. Receive assistance in obtaining good prenatal care, provide educational and social services, and learn about nutrition for the infants, babies and toddlers. It also helps children with disabilities and who are slow to learn.

While funding is more limited, child care assistance may be provided. This program may have government subsidies to help income qualified working families and parents with job training. It is available in Freestone, Bosque, Limestone, Hill, and nearby Falls county. The program is offered using federal funds as well as a grant from the Heart of Texas Workforce Development Board.

Call the community action agency, EOAC of Planning Region XI, at (254) 753-0331 for information and details on these and other programs. Find more details.

Family Services - Salvation Army centers are in the region. While they may not be in your local town, the locations can provide referrals and maybe a wide range of social services. There are shelters, limited emergency funds for utilities or rent, and free food programs in Texas, including Hill County. Other resources may be offered from their case managers. Learn more.

Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance Benevolence Program is another agency to contact. As funding allows, provides emergency financial assistance and grants for paying utilities, rent, and needed medical prescriptions. 209 North San Marcus, Whitney, Texas 76692-2654, 254-694-0969.




North Bosque Helping Hands Program runs a free food pantry for the north Bosque county region. They may have groceries, holiday meals, and referrals to other non-profits as well. 415 S Hill Street, Meridian, TX 76665-4631. Telephone – 254-435-6926.

Falls County Samaritan House administers utility bill payment assistance. Other basic needs such as clothes and food are provided. The organization may help with burn outs, offer people impacted motel bills for one night and a meal for 1 day. Transients are also helped with free food, and lastly they may have gasoline vouchers for a critical doctor appointment. Address is 154 Live Oak, Marlin Texas. 254-883-6877.

Lake Shore Baptist Church is another local food bank. 254-722-2887.

By Jon McNamara













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